Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences
I am a social anthropologist interested in migration and diaspora, the anthropology of Islam, and political anthropology. To date, I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in England (Luton and Tower Hamlets) and Bangladesh (Sylhet).
In Luton, I worked with British-born Muslim men of South Asian origin, exploring their everyday lives in relation to family and community dynamics, approaches to work and leisure, and being Muslim in post-7/7 Britain.
My most recent research in Tower Hamlets and Sylhet focuses on transnational political formations, exploring political modalities situated in different cultural contexts that borrow from each other to create distinct forms of localised democratic engagement.
BA History, SOAS (2003)
MA Social Anthropology, SOAS (2005)
PhD, SOAS (2011)
- (2019) Being Young, Male, and Muslim in Luton. London: UCL Press.
- (2019) Mafia Raj: The Rule of Bosses in South Asia. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Co-authored with Lucia Michelutti, Nicolas Martin, David Picherit, Paul Rollier, Arild Ruud, and Clarinda Still.
- (2018) with Lucia Michelutti. ‘Brushing with Organized Crime and Democracy: the Art of Making Do in South Asia’. The Journal of Asian Studies, 77(3): 911-1011.
- (2015) ‘Muslim men in Luton, UK: Eat First, Talk Later’. South Asia Research. Vol. 35(1): 1-22
Blogs and short articles
- (2019) ‘Striving to be better in Britain’. Anthropology of This Century, Issue 24.
- (2015) ‘Bangladesh blogger killings has roots in the independence struggle’. The Conversation.
- (2014) ‘Britain’s Banglatown’. Himal Southasian, 27(4): 24-37.
- ANTH0003/4/5 Introduction to Social Anthropology
- ANTH0015 Being Human
- ANTH0048 (UG) Anthropology of Islam
- ANTH0127 Theory, Ethnography and Professional Practice
- ANTH0048 (PG) The Anthropology of Islam in Diaspora